16 April 2004
Martyrs’ Week at First Armenian Presbytarian
By The Porterville Recorder staff
“A Rebirth of Armenia: Christian Missions in the 21st Century Republic” is
the theme of the Martyrs’ Week Missions Luncheon at California’s oldest
The luncheon will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the First Armenian Presbyterian
Church of Fresno, 430 S. First St., midway between historic Huntington
Boulevard and the Kings Canyon Promenade.
The luncheon is complimentary and a free-will offering will be taken to
benefit home and foreign missions projects. Reservations should be made by
calling FAPC Administrative Assistant Alidz Anspikian at 237-6638.
Elder Bryan Bedrosian of Fowler, chairman of the FAPC Committee on Missions,
will present a video and commentary about the work of the Armenian
Missionary Association of America in the Armenian homeland.
Founded in 1918, the nonprofit AMAA maintains a range of educational,
evangelism, relief, social service, church and child care ministries in more
than 20 countries around the world.
Bedrosian and his wife Rosie, principal of the Armenian Community School of
Fresno, traveled to Armenia shortly after the 2003 Advent Season to observe
and photograph the ongoing spiritual, educational, medical and relief
programs of the AMAA.
The Rev. Mgrdich Melkonian is the Senior Pastor of FAPC and the Rev. Samuel
Albarian is the associate pastor for mission and outreach.
FAPC is a member congregation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the
Armenian Evangelical Union of North America, a confederation of Armenian
Protestant churches, missions and fellowships in the United States and
Dominion of Canada.